Synopses & Reviews
When 16-year-old Hope, waitress extraordinaire, moves cross-country to Wisconsin with her aunt Addie to run the Welcome Stairways Diner, Hope isn't sure she'll fit in. But she quickly finds herself involved in the small town's mayoral race, as G. T., owner of the diner, surprises everyone with his entry into the race. After all, G. T. has leukemia. And his opponent is the previously undefeated longtime mayor. Some think G. T. is crazy, but Hope sees the goodness and power in him. Will everyone else see it too? Joan Bauer, known for creating strong, unique, feminine characters, finds in Hope a sharp heroine who won't soon be forgotten.
When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny teenaged female characters, Bauer is in a class by herself. . . . Bauer tells a fast-paced, multilayered story with humor but does not gloss over the struggle[s].School Library Journal, starred review Bauer has succeeded in creating another quirky, poignant, and funny novel about a strong girl who admits her frailties. . . . Hopes story is highly recommended for both middle and high school students.VOYA Another entry in Bauers growing collection of books about likable and appealing female teenagers with a strong vocational calling. . . . As always from Bauer, this novel is full of humor, starring a strong and idealistic protagonist, packed with funny lines, and peopled with interesting and quirky characters. Kirkus Reviews
Readers fell in love with teenage waitress Hope Yancey when Joan Bauers Newbery Honorwinning novel was published ten years ago. Now, with a terrific new jacket and note from the author, Hopes story will inspire a new group of teen readers.
About the Author
Joan Bauer is the critically acclaimed author of numerous young adult novels, including Rules of the Road (recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), Best Foot Forward and Peeled. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.